History WMG / TheBindingOfIsaac

18th Sep '16 3:54:02 PM Bloomingbell
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The intro narration says, and I quote: "...until the day Isaac's mom heard a '''voice...from above.'''" [[ExactWords Note that the narration ''never'' refers to the voice as God, just as "the voice."]] It could very well be that Mom just ''assumed'' the voice was God. In fact, ''Afterbirth'' alludes to this: one of the new loading screens shows the intro's scene where Mom hears the voice for the first time...then it pans up to [[spoiler: the attic, where we see '''The Lost''' speaking.]]

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The intro narration says, and I quote: "...until the day Isaac's mom heard a '''voice...from above.'''" [[ExactWords Note that the narration ''never'' refers to the voice as God, just as "the voice."]] It could very well be that Mom just ''assumed'' the voice was God. In fact, ''Afterbirth'' alludes to this: one of the new loading screens shows the intro's scene where Mom hears the voice for the first time...then it pans up to [[spoiler: the attic, where we see '''The Lost''' speaking.]]

[[WMG: Isaac is transgender, and Magdalene is her truest identity.]]

As many people have pointed out, Ending 14 [[spoilers: shows a photo of Isaac's mother and father out in the park with a happy girl wearing pink who has Magdalene's blonde wig]] ; Word of God has confirmed that Isaac has no siblings, so we can only interpret this girl as Isaac. [[Spoilers: A photo that comes after this in the same ending has an unhappy, bald Isaac wearing green.]] Isaac also has a nightmare about being presented with the wig, being extremely happy upon putting it on, and then crying when other children laugh at her. It's possible that Isaac has identified as a girl since being very young. Isaac's mother and father were accepting at first because they assumed their "son" was just playing dress-up or going through what they saw as a passing childhood phase, but as Isaac got older, her father became less accepting and thus left - which was what drove her mother off the deep end as she blamed Isaac for driving the father out. Alternatively, both of her parents became less accepting as she got older, and they told her being herself wasn't right, possibly influencing her fear of being teased as in the dream.

It's worth noting that one of the first things Isaac's mother takes from her as an "influence of sin" are her *clothes* - normally you think of being nude as linked to sin (e.g. lust), unless there's something "sinful" with the clothes you're wearing. Mom probably caught Isaac in a dress or skirt, perhaps something she sewed from "boy's" clothes she had, so decided the only solution was to take away ALL of Isaac's clothes. There's also the Mom transformation; dressing up in parents' clothing isn't exactly uncommon among any kids, and it has a lot of significance to trans kids. And the pajamas that give you full health and Soul Hearts - dressing in clothing that makes the character feel like herself *heals her.* That's really powerful symbolism.

As for Magdalene being Isaac's truest identity: Magdalene has the most starting red health out of any of the characters, which can be interpreted as her having the strongest connection to "Isaac's" body and soul out of any of the characters. Isaac is also wearing the Magdalene wig in the flashback looking happy, and is happy in it again in the dream between floors. The base character doesn't have that kind of connection to any separate character except Azazel, who's more linked to Isaac/Magdalene's fear of developing into a demon than it is to her personal identity.

[[WMG: The sins don't actually represent Isaac's sins, but rather how Isaac *perceives* himself.]]
Think about it: Isaac is just a kid, can he really be capable of harboring such horrific manifestations of greed, lust, sloth, etc.? No. He's just heard his mother talk about sin, and internalized all that talk to assume - and to fear - that he contains all these horrible sins that he has to battle and kill before they consume him. [[YourMindMakesItReal They're really just the manifestations of that fear, not manifestations of the sins themselves.
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18th Jun '16 6:05:49 AM MasterParadox
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* Given the Halloween Update, [[spoiler:she might have been manipulated by Satan.]]
* Either that, or it's supposed to mirror the story as it is -- God asked her as a test of faith. The reason He [[spoiler:stopped her so violently was because she showed no remorse in killing her son, which showed she had faith in Him but no compassion for fellow humans]].

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* Given the Halloween Update, [[spoiler:she [[spoiler: she might have been manipulated by Satan.]]
* Either that, or it's supposed to mirror the story as it is -- God asked her as a test of faith. The reason He [[spoiler:stopped [[spoiler: stopped her so violently was because she showed no remorse in killing her son, which showed she had faith in Him but no compassion for fellow humans]].



[[WMG: To go with the above, [[spoiler:Satan in-game is actually Isaac's dad]]]]
[[spoiler:Basically, in Ending 13, we can see that Isaac's Dad left the family, and beforehand we see a lot of sad Isaac, so clearly there was a messy divorce, causing Mom to go mad from despair. Therefore, in Isaac's imagination, the only one that could cause such suffering is the devil.]]

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[[WMG: To go with the above, [[spoiler:Satan [[spoiler: Satan in-game is actually Isaac's dad]]]]
[[spoiler:Basically, [[spoiler: Basically, in Ending 13, we can see that Isaac's Dad left the family, and beforehand we see a lot of sad Isaac, so clearly there was a messy divorce, causing Mom to go mad from despair. Therefore, in Isaac's imagination, the only one that could cause such suffering is the devil.]]
4th Mar '16 2:42:08 PM MasterParadox
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[[WMG: The game is secretly extremely meta and self-aware, much like [[VideoGame/Undertale]].]]

Expanding on the above WMG, Isaac's world and life is constantly reset and randomized by the player. Maybe the true goal of one or several of the characters (Satan, God, Mom, Isaac, etc.) is to find a "[[GoldenEnding final ending]]" that will end the loop and allow them to continue with their lives. Maybe we'll even get a TrueFinalBoss along the lines of [[spoiler: Sans]], whose goal is to [[spoiler: get the player to stop playing and resetting everything.]]

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[[WMG: The game is secretly extremely meta and self-aware, much like [[VideoGame/Undertale]].]]

VideoGame/{{Undertale}}.]]
Expanding on the above WMG, Isaac's world and life is constantly reset and randomized by the player. Maybe the true goal of one or several of the characters (Satan, God, Mom, Isaac, etc.) is to find a "[[GoldenEnding final ending]]" that will end the loop and allow them to continue with their lives. Maybe we'll even get a TrueFinalBoss along the lines of [[spoiler: Sans]], whose goal is to [[spoiler: get the player to stop playing and resetting everything.]]

[[WMG: Isaac's mom ''did'' hear a voice...but it wasn't God.]]
The intro narration says, and I quote: "...until the day Isaac's mom heard a '''voice...from above.'''" [[ExactWords Note that the narration ''never'' refers to the voice as God, just as "the voice."]] It could very well be that Mom just ''assumed'' the voice was God. In fact, ''Afterbirth'' alludes to this: one of the new loading screens shows the intro's scene where Mom hears the voice for the first time...then it pans up to [[spoiler: the attic, where we see '''The Lost''' speaking.
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12th Feb '16 9:12:14 PM MasterParadox
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[[WMG: Much like [[VideoGame/Undertale]], the game is extremely meta and self-aware, but secretly and subtly.]]

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[[WMG: Much like [[VideoGame/Undertale]], the The game is secretly extremely meta and self-aware, but secretly and subtly.much like [[VideoGame/Undertale]].]]
12th Feb '16 8:16:52 PM MasterParadox
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[[WMG: The game is secretly extremely meta and self-aware, in a similar vein to Undertale.]]

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[[WMG: The Much like [[VideoGame/Undertale]], the game is secretly extremely meta and self-aware, in a similar vein to Undertale.but secretly and subtly.]]
12th Feb '16 8:06:26 PM MasterParadox
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[[WMG: The game is secretly extremely meta and self-aware, in a similar vein as [[VideoGame/Undertale]].]]

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[[WMG: The game is secretly extremely meta and self-aware, in a similar vein as [[VideoGame/Undertale]].to Undertale.]]
12th Feb '16 8:02:03 PM MasterParadox
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[[WMG: The game is secretly extremely meta and self-aware, in a similar vein as VideoGame/Undertale.]]

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[[WMG: The game is secretly extremely meta and self-aware, in a similar vein as VideoGame/Undertale.[[VideoGame/Undertale]].]]
12th Feb '16 8:00:01 PM MasterParadox
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Well, he has female personas, a penis isn't visible in-game, and in one of the loading dreams in Afterbirth, the little dot between his legs actually falls off.

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Well, he has female personas, a penis isn't visible in-game, and in one of the loading dreams in Afterbirth, the little dot between his legs actually falls off.off.

[[WMG: Isaac is stuck in a GroundhogDayLoop.]]

Think about it. Almost twenty different conclusions, [[spoiler: a few of which have Isaac definitively dying]]. The game's Rougelike nature. [[spoiler: The two different paths partway through.]] Isaac is stuck in a loop of sorts where he is able to choose his persona and the specific experiences he has are always different, but everything keeps resetting.

[[WMG: The game is secretly extremely meta and self-aware, in a similar vein as VideoGame/Undertale.]]

Expanding on the above WMG, Isaac's world and life is constantly reset and randomized by the player. Maybe the true goal of one or several of the characters (Satan, God, Mom, Isaac, etc.) is to find a "[[GoldenEnding final ending]]" that will end the loop and allow them to continue with their lives. Maybe we'll even get a TrueFinalBoss along the lines of [[spoiler: Sans]], whose goal is to [[spoiler: get the player to stop playing and resetting everything.]]
29th Dec '15 12:49:58 PM shade6116
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* [[spoiler: CONFIRMED. Maxing out the Greed Machine now unlocks Keeper, a playable version of Greed.]]

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* [[spoiler: CONFIRMED. Maxing out the Greed Machine now unlocks Keeper, a playable version of Greed.]]]]

[[WMG: Isaac is actually biologically female]]

Well, he has female personas, a penis isn't visible in-game, and in one of the loading dreams in Afterbirth, the little dot between his legs actually falls off.
14th Nov '15 10:19:27 AM BossKey
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Greed is probably the most popular of the Seven Sin bosses, even receiving his own mode of sorts in ''Afterbirth''. Also, [[spoiler: the ending you receive for clearing Greed Mode implies that Greed is yet another aspect of Isaac. In this case, he's what Isaac becomes when he hangs himself after being trapped in a secret room by a cave-in. On top of that, the ending ends with Greed smiling--happiness that he'll soon get his day?]]

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Greed is probably the most popular of the Seven Sin bosses, even receiving his own mode of sorts in ''Afterbirth''. Also, [[spoiler: the ending you receive for clearing Greed Mode implies that Greed is yet another aspect of Isaac. In this case, he's what Isaac becomes when he hangs himself after being trapped in a secret room by a cave-in. On top of that, the ending ends with Greed smiling--happiness that he'll soon get his day?]]day?]]
* [[spoiler: CONFIRMED. Maxing out the Greed Machine now unlocks Keeper, a playable version of Greed.]]
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